While travelling the world as a sponsored freesurfer for Billabong, I met and became close friends with former World Surf League surfer Josh Kerr. He offered me the opportunity of a lifetime – to be his personal filmer and caddy on the 2009 World Surf League (WSL) tour.
Over that year, I attended all 12 WSL events with Josh. I filmed every surf and heat to analyse where he could improve and help him rise to the top of the World Surf League.
When I returned home at the end of the 2009 season, my world was turned upside down. I was diagnosed with leukaemia and needed extensive chemotherapy for the next two years. At the same time, I studied and learned as much as I could about natural health, nutrition and wellbeing, and went on to win my fight with cancer.
After recovering from my illness, I decided to follow my passion and use my experience and knowledge to coach surfers. In 2013, I developed The Art of Surfing as a way of passing on my skills to the next generation of aspiring New Zealand surfers.